Timmy Walsh was a trainer for the Nets from 2000 until 2016, and along the way he accrued some funny stories. He shared those stories with Stefan Bondy of NY Daily News.
Walsh specifically joked about former Net Gerald Wallace, saying he'd have to hide his uniform to keep him from playing injury.
"Gerald Wallace drove me nuts," Walsh said. "This guy had stuff where he shouldn't be playing. He just banged his knee, he can't walk. He's going to come in and I'm going to have to tell him he's not playing and I know he's going to want to argue with me. He's going to tackle me, he's going to want to kick my ass. But with him, I would just hide his uniform. I would get the uniform and put it away. He would walk in and it wouldn't be in his locker."
But Wallace would always come around.
"And after the game, he's like, 'You're right, I couldn't have played,'" Walsh said.
Walsh didn't always have to keep players off the floor. He helped contribute to a Nets victory, one they needed on the final day of the season to get into the playoffs, by helping convince Vince Carter that he would be able to continue playing.
Carter was kicked in the heel in the first quarter of the game and, frustrated, headed to the locker room. Walsh chased him down, and waived away other trainers.
"I said, 'No we're not going in there,'" Walsh said. "I said, 'Vince, if we go in there, you're going to cut the tape off and put ice on it and you're done.' I said, 'Right now is when heroes are made. We're going to go out there and take a minute, let this thing calm down.'"
Walsh told Carter to jog around the hallway for a bit to get comfortable. Carter obliged, fetd good enough to return to the game. He scored 37 points in 44 minutes of a Nets victory.